Michelle Bailat-Jones

Writer, Translator, Reader

I just found out that Nadine Gordimer is coming out with a new book in January: Telling Times; Writing and Living, 1954 – 2008. As the title indicates, this is a compilation of her non-fiction writing spanning fifty years. Here is part of the description from W. W. Norton:

Telling Times, the first comprehensive collection of her nonfiction, bears insightful witness to the forces that have shaped the last half-century. It includes reports from Soweto during the 1976 uprising, Zimbabwe at the dawn of independence, and Africa at the start of the AIDS pandemic, as well as illuminating portraits of Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and many others. Committed first and foremost to art, Gordimer appraises the legacies of hallowed writers like Tolstoy, Proust, and Conrad, and engages vigorously with contemporaries like Achebe, Said, and Soyinka.

This looks just wonderful. And not that this will be surprising to anyone, but I have already ordered my copy.

8 Responses to “new Gordimer coming out”

  1. Guilherme

    Hehehe, that’s two of us. No surprise here either, huh?

  2. Ann

    This looks like the sort of book that my friend Helen would love. That’s next year’s birthday present sorted then. And I don’t doubt that I’ll be reading it myself too.

  3. Stefanie

    So that strange sound I heard the other day was a squeal of delight reaching me from Switzerland? 🙂

  4. Mel u

    I was wondering what the consensus best of her works might be as I am looking for a first read by her-thanks

  5. verbivore

    Guilherme – I know! Isn’t it wonderful? I cannot wait to get this book. I don’t have much experience with Gordimer’s non-fiction, so this will be great!

    Lilian – Doesn’t it!?!

    Ann – I can’t wait to see if this book ends up making the rounds of many of my favorite bloggers, so we can all discuss.

    Litlove – It will be new to me, so it will be interesting to see what I think of her “voice” in that medium, since I’m so accustomed to her fiction.

    Stefanie – You bet it was! 🙂

    Mel – Hi Mel, I need to get over to your blog and look at all that wonderful Japanese reading you’ve been doing. I’m sure I’ll get dozens of titles for my TBR stack. About Gordimer…whew, that’s hard…In 2008 I read all her novels, from first to last. I’d say my favorites were: An Occasion for Loving, My Son’s Story, The Conservationist, The House Gun and The Pick-Up. I wrote about all of them here on the blog, so if you’d like, take a look at the reviews. I’ll be interested to see what you think of her. She’s truly my favorite writer of all time.

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